California Genealogy and History Archives
Civil War Veterans
PVT: GEORGE DUFFIELD CLARK of the 1st California Calvary, Company E.
Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.
George Duffield Clark was born in Michigan on March 11, 1847. He was accompanied by his father Abraham Clark to California when George was eight years old. When he was 18, and during the Civil War, George Clark enlisted into the 1st California Calvary in Company “E” on March 23rd, 1865 out of San Jose, and was mustered out on March 6, 1866 at Drum Barracks, California. After the war, he gained the Blacksmith trade putting in several years in Oakland on an apprenticeship. Later he rented some land in the Pajaro Valley with his brothers. In 1866 he rented a shop in Monterey, he eventually purchased the shop. George D. Clark married Lavinia Merritt, daughter of Josiah Merritt (who was the first Judge of Monterey County). George and Lavinia Clark settled in Monterey, indefinitely, George Clark was a Trustee for the City of Monterey for four years. George Duffield Clark died on January 7, 1926 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thomas M. Temple, at 405 Thirteenth Street in Pacific Grove, California. His internment took place at the El Encinal Cemetery in Monterey, California. (aka Monterey City Cemetery present day).
The following are a transcription, biographical sketch, and obituary from the “Santa Cruz Sentinel” issue January 8, 1926.
CLARK, GEORGE DUFFIELD (1847-1926) MONTEREY CITY EL ENCINAL CEMETERY
George D. Clark
At Monterey, Mr. Clark married Lavinia Merritt, daughter of Josiah and Juanita (Castro) Merritt, the former of whom was the first judge of Monterey county. Of this union there is one daughter, Juanita, who is now thirteen years of age. Mr. Clark has been prominent in general town affairs since he settled in Monterey, and as a Republican has held the office of trustee for four years. He is fraternally associated with Pajaro Lodge No. 90, I.O.O.F.; Monterey Lodge No. 180, K O P, of which latter is a charger member. He is also identified with the Grand Army of the Republic.
Santa Cruz Sentinel January 8,
The deceased was 78 years old, a native of Michigan. His only surviving relative is said to be his daughter.
of Calif. and Pacific
of Union Veterans of the Civil War
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